We've all looked the other way when an admired associate or loved one told a tiny little fib. Maybe we glossed over the discrepancy when an explanation didn't jive with the facts. It's what we do - we trust those we admire. That's one of the joys of being human. We hope for the best. I looked the other way for a CEO client. I loved working with this guy. He was the ultimate leader - people would follow him off a cliff if he asked. He had duty, honor and integrity written all over him. He was the real deal, we all agreed. I saw a few things, but he explained them so easily when I asked him about them privately. So I continued to believe.
Then I found out the truth about him. I still remember sitting at my desk one Sunday, looking at hard evidence that he was a pathological liar, a cheat and a complete phony. Many of us were blinded by the light of his Power. We were deeply and profoundly hurt the day his truth came out for all to see.
It's time we smashed our Pedestals.
As long as we put our Titans on Pedestals, we'll create their perception of Power. As long as there is Power, there will be temptation. And as long as there's temptation, there will be corruption. It's a self-fulfilling cycle.
We are all equally flawed and equally filled with the potential for greatness. So smash those Pedestals and bring our heroes, leaders and idols right back down to good old planet earth. No one gets special rules or privileges, regardless of their money or position.
We need to ditch our rosy tinted blinders as well. When we hear that 'little white lie', see that discrepancy - let's call it what it is - a step out of integrity. Let's stand up, step up and call a cheat a cheat, a phony a phony. We can use our dollars, our voices and our votes to say enough is enough.
Peter Finch had the right idea in Network. He started a movement against the established Power Brokers and control. We can all take a lead from his words. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!
We CAN change our world, one Pedestal at a time.
In the meantime, I'll just keep refusing to support the fallen Power Brokers, avoiding certain movies, sports and entertainment events, voting my integrity. And I guess Pebble Beach is out for this year. Darn it all.